Yesterday was the day of the underdog as some major favorites went down in defeat to inferior opponents. With a bigger slate of games on this Tuesday, let's see if this trend continues or things return to normal. It's MLB Picks of the Day for Tuesday.
The Price Is Right
I tend to point to this when David Price is pitching because the Tigers have played poorly this season and the MLB odds have been more appealing when choosing Detroit. David Price is a pitcher in which the Tigers doesn't need Joba Chambeerlain to take the mound in relief as he can pitch an entire 9 innings and throw in excess of 120 pitches.
The Tigers get a tough matchup at Cleveland against starter, Danny Salazar, as this is a battle of 6-2 pitchers. While Salazar has pitched barely average in his last two starts, Price has been an outright beast, pitching 2 complete game victories in his last 3 starts. When you add Price with the Tigers offense, it becomes overwhelming.
Nobody would ever have thought that the Tigers offense, with the exception of Miguel Cabrera, would get in a rut, but that's how it's been for a good part of the season. Lately, the Tigers have returned to their previous form. Having Victor Martinez back in the lineup makes them deadly as opposing pitchers can't just pitch around Miguel Cabrera. In their last 2 games, the Tiger have outscored their opponents 20-7.
Cespedes played a huge part in yesterday's 8-5 victory as this is the time that he get's hot, knowing that the All-Star Break is coming soon and Cespedes has owned the home run derby 2 years in a row.
Thus far this season, Cespedes has been more of a contact hitter as he's hitting .308 with 10 HR and 39 RBI. Cespedes is coming off of a game in which he homered, doubled,, and had 3 runs batted in. The Tigers mostly rely on the best player in the game in Miguel Cabrera (.350), but if players such as Cespedes and Iglesias (.325) can get on base and add to the cause, Detroit becomes very dangerous.
I have somewhat overlooked the Tribe in this piece, but feel very strongly about Detroit in this spot. It's time for them to be the Tigers of old.
MLB Pick- Detroit +102 at 5Dimes - 2 UNIT PLAY
New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Ripe For the Picking
The New York Mets, who are on a 5 game losing streak, don't have the comfort of home to fall back on as they're 26-11 at CitiField and just 10-24 on the road.
This is a great spot for starter and strikeout master, Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50). After 7 consecutive starts in which Fiers pitched a quality outing without run support, he finally caved in and lost his last start, a 10-2 loss against Cincinnati. Thus far, Fiers has averaged more than a strikeout per inning and the Mets offense is the perfect offense for him to face as they have been far from productive.
The Brewers are coming off of a huge season offensively and thus far this season, have "spit the bit", so to speak. This is a team of talent, but when some of these batting averages are very uninspiring.
Ryan Braun is hitting .249, Jonathan Lucroy .231, Aramis Ramirez .217, and Carlos Gomez has been injured for part of the season. The Brewers were never known for having good pitching, but it's no wonder why they're 21 games behind the division leading St. Louis Cardinals at 25-46. This game is an opportunity to gain some confidence as they landed the Mets at the right time. The Mets have been so ineffective lately that even the Brewers are a -133 betting favorite. I'm going to take the bait and take the Brew Crew as my MLB pick, despite being the inferior baseball squad.
MLB Pick- Milwaukee Brewers -133 at 5Dimes